What we do at Plant a Seed is divided into three programs: education, clean water, and sports.
Many children do not get the opportunity to go to or finish school because their family cannot afford it. For those who do attend school, most cannot afford the tools with which to study such as ministry-approved text books and workshop equipment for technical school students. Some can’t even afford pens, or notebooks. Those who get to go and actually graduate cannot compete with students around the world who have all these resources including online resources at their disposal and can read extensively on a subject before forming an opinion. In this day and age, it is important that all students read extensively on a variety of subjects and view points as the world is quickly changing and globalizing. Think again of those who cannot afford to go to school at all. This is a terrible handicap for a country. Imagine a kid without education thirty years from now. Now, imagine a village of those same kids thirty years from now. Finally, imagine a whole country filled with those villages.
"This can’t wait any longer so we are making Education our main focus and hope that you will join us. Here are some areas you can help with"
Youth activities And Book Drive
This is a yearly project we have sponsored for over 10 years to encourage, motivate and support kids and their parents right before the school year. We host games and other activities and at the end give all participants note books, pens, pencils and cash prices that will go towards their education. Sometime the parents participate and take home prices for their young kids who are not able to participate in the games. Check out our Media link for videos: ADD Pictures. Click on the donation button to make a donation. Please specify Book Drive in the comment area.
Sponsor a Child
Some of the fun things about our Sponsor A Child program is your kids get to correspond with the kids you (or your kids) are sponsoring. We encourage parents to get their kids involved in raising the funds for sponsorship. Imagine if by the time your kid graduates high school they have already help put another kid their age through school. I don’t know about you but I will be mighty happy!
You do not have to be a parent to sponsor a child. If you will like to sponsor and correspond with a child, please contact us
Aliyu Miriamu is 13 with no arms. Her parents have managed to put her through elementary school in a special needs school where she has learned to use her toes to write and take care of her basic needs. Her father came to Plant A Seed for assistance with her secondary school education. In her father’s words, “I feel bad to drop this child from school. She will become useless and miserable”. She also needs a sponsor.
Asongwe Titus is 10 years old in Class 4 (4rd Grade). His father died a few years ago. Titus is a sickle cell patient which alone is costly for a single mother in Africa. He has three other siblings and his mother can only afford to keep one of them in school. Plant A Seed was able to keep Titus in school for the second consecutive year.
Shembom Solange: 18 years, form 4. She takes care of herself and her education. She came to Plant A Seed because she got in an accident on her way to buy goods for her small business. She sells small food items during the summer to pay for her school needs and also by participating in the Plant A Seed Youth Activities and Book Drive. Unfortunately, she got in a car accident at the beginning of the summer on her way to buy her merchandize. All the money she had for the business was used to pay her hospital bills. As a result of this accident, she not only lost her capital for business, but also she could not participate as a handball player at the Plant A Seed Youth Activities and Book Drive where she usually wins a cash price and takes home notebooks, pens, pencils and rulers to help with her expenses for the school year. She hopes you will help her through this year and possibly the years to come so she can complete her education and become an Accountant.
Firdawsi is 15 years old. She is an orphan and lives with her grandmother. We started helping Firdawsi in October, a month after the school year had started. One of our volunteers found her crying because all of her friends were in school and she wasn’t. In most village families, a girl’s education is not a priority. She is now in Form 2 thanks to those who donated last year. We hope you will help us keep her in school this year also.
Hassan Adulia: 12 years, class 5. Guardian: grandmother. Occupation: Farming
Wuwih Boris Bigah: 13 years, Form 1. Guardian: Auntie. Occupation: Farming
Phungeh Favour: 4 years, class 2. Guardian: mother. Occupation: PTA (PTAs makes less than $30 a month in the villages)
Maqondo Chia: 10 years, class 4. Guardian: mother. Occupation: Farming
Magmi Zita: 9 years, class 4. Guardian: sister. Occupation: Farming
An average, a family in my village makes less than $1 a day. Most households have to save for no less than three months to have $10. Say the harvest was good and they saved $20, they will have to spread this around. For instance: 5-10 notebooks (elementary school), a pair of uniform, a pen or pencil then use the rest of the year to try and make money for school fees ( $30 or more depending on the school). Some schools allow parents to pay the school fee in two or three installments but if they do not finish paying by February-March, the kid is sent home. After this has happened to a student a few times, most of them get frustrated and drop out thus ending their education. Other reasons kids drop out is because of a handicap, like the story of Miriamu born with no arms or the story of Ngong Jespa and Shebom Solange from an accident. It is amazing that these kids keep striving to achieve an education. They deserved your help. Please visit our website and click on the Donate button to help out these kids or Sponsor a Child from our list. Your help of any kind is greatly appreciated.
I love pictures so I will share a little of what I see. When I look into the eyes of these kids I see myself years ago in my little village that was less than 300 people at the time. I was one of the few fortunate kids who knew they were going to go to secondary school (the next step after elementary school). I had dreams for when I was done with secondary school but I didn’t have much hope these dreams will come to pass. Out of my class of about 51 (from my village and surrounding villages), less than 10 of us went to secondary school and about five of us went to high school. Out of these five three went and completed college not including me. (You’ve got to make a donation to find out why I didn’t:))
- Ruth Akumbu
Elementary School Class 1-6
Secondary School Form 1-5 (4years for French student)
High School: Lower sixth, Upper sixth (3years for French Students)
University or College: Years 1-3
* Our Bi yearly and yearly donations are most preferred but.
* Our main focus is making sure the kid's school fees and books are paid for. Uniforms, shoes and other needs are secondary.
* At the high school level, we screen for Youth and Young Adults that take initiative. We do not pay for housing or other needs unless donors choses to. We hope they will use their breaks to find something to do that will earn them a little money for other needs.
* A small % of all donations will be used for operations cost. If there is any money left over at the end of the school year, it will be used to help other kids or other areas of accordance with our exempt purpose.
Here are other ways you can help our kids.
Clothing for Kids
2 pairs of uniforms: $25.00
2 pairs of school shoes: $20.00
1 sweater: $15.00
Socks and underwear: $10.00
2 pairs of Sunday cloths: $30.00
1 pair of dress shoes: $15.00
*****$115.00/every other year
2 pairs of uniforms: $50.00
2 pairs of school shoes: $25.00
A sweater: $15.00
Socks and underwear: $10.00
2 pairs of Sunday cloths: $35.00
1 pair of dress shoes: $15.00
*****$150.00/every other year
* They might grow out of these items within a year or some items might cost more depending on the build of the kid. In case of the later, we will adjust the number of items.
* If you want to sponsor a single item please indicate which in the Donation box.
* Please note that our priority is to have the kids on our sponsorship list in School. If need be we will use funds to keep a child in school instead.
Animals and Trade
When we were growing up, my mom and dad always had us involve in some kind of trade or raising animals. We raised pigs, chickens, goat, and cow. This was not necessary to cover our school needs but to teach us to earn a living and be responsible for something. We girls also sold peanuts and donuts (poffpoff or gateau) during the summer and my brothers raised pigs and sold wood. Sometimes we made enough money to help out at the beginning of the school year (in the case of the animals, after a few years). So, I like the idea of giving kids an animal to take care of or some kind of trade where they can learn to earn money and be responsible for something.
If you will like to give one of our kids this opportunity, here are some options:
2 Goats: $100.00
2 Pigs: $120.00
1 cow: $300.00
Click on our Donation link to make a donation. Please specify which animal and the kid (if any) you are interested in giving this opportunity to.
Most third world countries do not have clean water sources, causing illness and untimely death. It is important that communities be taught proper techniques that will help provide clean water or given equipment and financial support that will enable sustainable clean water sources. We believe that every school should have a source of clean water. Every child deserves to be disease free and if they cannot get clean water at home let them get a chance to have it at school. They can take some home to their family so the rest of their family can have some clean water to drink as well. This saves the child from having to walk additional miles to get clean water after walking to and back from school.
*Our long term goal is also to bring clean water to communities.
So far we have raised a total of $940 of the $5000 needed. Please help us bring clean water to these kids.
Help bring clean water to ALFRED AND SARAH BILINGUAL ACADEMY.
Sports are activities that unite. Plant A Seed strongly encourages sports activities in schools and communities, especially among young people as a tool to help them learn to work together towards a common goal.
Right now our sports program takes place in Sabga- Cameroon and also here in Southern California with Immigrant Youths from across Africa and South America. In Cameroon, we organize Youth Sports Activities to give the kids in the village an opportunity to earn some school books and fees while doing something fun. This program usually cost $1000 and up. Contact us if you will like to Sponsor an activity in a village in Cameroon. We can decide the Village or You can.
It is commonly said that, “work without play makes Jack a dull boy”. It is in this spirit that we try to incorporate sports into our educational program.
Youth activities And Book Drive
This is a yearly project we have sponsored for over 10 years to encourage, motivate and support kids and their parents right before the school year. We host games and other activities and at the end give all participants note books, pens, pencils and cash prices that will go towards their education. Sometime the parents participate and take home prices for their young kids who are not able to participate in the games. Check out our Media link for videos. Click on the donation button to make a donation Please specify Book Drive in the comment area.
Plant A Seed has the ultimate authority to use contributions made to us and will use the funds at our discretion for the purposes consistent with the exempt purpose.